What We Do

Freshwater creates a clear  picture of your watershed, habitat, or urban environment. We provide integrated modeling  and mapping solutions designed to inform and assist with social and environmental decision making for both ecological and urban systems. Our products build the bridge between science/technology and planning/policy. More Info

What We Do

Freshwater focuses on the application of geospatial tools and integrated modeling frameworks in:

 Technologies we use:

Freshwater is committed to rational, proactive policy response to climate change and population growth. As a result, our models and tools incorporate the most available climate science and sustainability practices.

Service Areas

Water Resource Planning

Freshwater provides a range of modeling and decision support services for water resource planning.  As participants in the Willamette Water 2100 project at Oregon State University, we  helped to develop the WW2100 Whole Watershed Model (WWM). The WWM is the first of a new class of spatially and temporally explicit simulation models which take into account not only natural hydrological and ecological processes, but also economic development, population change, and public policy choices such as western water law and land use planning rules.  We expect this class of models to be a powerful tool for water resource planners to explore the possible consequences of climate change, population growth, and different policy alternatives for both the supply and demand for water for different uses.  As updated projections of future climate become available, they can be plugged into such WWMs to assess their implications. Freshwater also provides additional services to assist in water resource planning, including: GIS based hydrologic models (ArcHydro),  Sea Level Rise (SLR) inundation and coastal vulnerability analyses (including tidal modeling and shoreline mapping), and floodplain delineation (FEMA).

Whole Watershed Modeling

Whole Watershed Models (WWM) are spatially and temporally explicit representations of the combined human and natural processes which significantly affect the supply and demand for water within a complete river basin.  Such processes include climate and climate change, evapotranspiration, wildfire, agriculture, irrigation, reservoir operations, population changes, municipal withdrawals and returns, land use changes, water law, and public policy.  Outputs from the model include tables, maps and charts of streamflows, irrigation and municipal withdrawals and returns, evapotranspiration, land use / land cover changes, and regulatory water right shutoffs. Freshwater has used the Envision modeling framework from Oregon State University as the backbone of two WWMs for the Willamette River Basin in Oregon.  An important feature of the Willamette River Basin WWMs is simulation of western water law during periods of water scarcity. Projections of where and when water shortages might occur, and the consequences of such shortages for agriculture, forests, and municipalities, are driven by alternative scenarios of future climate and policy choices.  Freshwater stands ready to apply the WWM integrated modeling framework to water resource modeling in other basins.